Chores... It's very important to me that my children learn how to be responsible, however I always struggled with finding a system to teach them. Until now.
A couple years ago Dylan received this Melissa & Doug Responsibility Chart for his birthday. We put it up and tried it a couple times, but unfortunately it never stuck. I found myself taking on more responsibility rather than Dyl, which was frustrating. Fast forward to the past few weeks and I'm proud to say that we have consistently used the chart with Dylan taking on much more responsibility.
You can see that he has seven chores that he is responsible for completing every day: No whining (this was driving Dave and I crazy), put toys away, brush teeth (I'm ashamed to say this was done way to inconsistently), do homework, set table, clear table, take out garbage. Before he goes to bed at night he puts a magnet beside each chore that he completed that day. If he doesn't put a magnet on that night he cannot go back to complete it the next day. This is another way he learns responsibility.
Now for the big question. What does he earn for doing his chores? For each magnet that he has on the board he receives .10. So on Sunday morning, we add up his magnets (counting by 10's, which brings in a little math review) and then he receives his allowance. On a perfect week he can earn $5, but I gotta say this hasn't happened yet. We do talk about what happened on the days he doesn't have magnets and what he can do to ensure he gets more next week. He is learning that the more he is responsible then the more money he makes, which is a great lesson. Now my next challenge is figuring out what items he should have to use his allowance to purchase and working on perhaps opening a savings account for him.
Personally, I am loving the responsibility chart because I'm getting some help with chores around the house such as cleaning up toys, setting the table, and taking out the garbage. Plus I get to feel like a super parent since I'm teaching my son responsibility too. I'm even thinking of getting a chart for Zoe for her birthday so we can begin giving her some responsibilities too. Soon maybe I'll just have to sit on the couch with my feet up while they do all the housework. Hey, I can dream can't I?
So tell me. How do you handle chores at your house? What kind of chores do your children have? Do you give your children an allowance or tell them that it is their responsibility since they are part of the family?
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